Old Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Locatelli Vineyards & Winery is pleased to announce the release of their third label under the Old Mission San Miguel Arcangel label collection. This label is their long anticipated St. Michael Archangel which was bottled under their 2013 Muscat Canelli wine in a cobalt blue bottle which compliments the label. Louie and Raynette worked tirelessly to find the right depiction of the archangel for this beautiful label.
The partnership between the Historic Old Mission San Miguel and Locatelli Winery came about many years ago. The label came to be through the collaboration of Father Larry Gosselin and Raynette Gregory, in order to fill the need for funding the restoration of the Mission. For each bottle sold, Locatelli Winery will contribute 25% of the proceeds to the Mission. To date, Locatelli Winery has donated over $18,600 to Friends of Mission San Miguel, a local non-profit that overseas the maintenance and earthquake retrofit of Mission San Miguel.
Other labels in the Mission San Miguel collection include, St. Francis of Assisi, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon and St. Clare of Assisi which is a Sauvignon Blanc. The very first release of the label was during an inaugural event called Wine Experiencia in September 2010 which helped to raise funding and awareness for this historical treasure.
St. Clare and St. Francis were both born in Assisi, a small town in Umbria, Italy. St. Francis was responsible for creating the Order of Franciscans, the world's largest religious order. St. Clare was born into a wealthy family, but chose to live a life of poverty, and with the guidance of her friend, St. Francis, she established the Poor Clares, a second order of St. Francis specifically for women.
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Original fresco paintings derived from local pigments can still be seen in the church interior of Old Mission San Miguel. These frescos were completed in 1824 by Spanish artist Esteban Munras with the help of local Indians. For more information about the historic Mission San Miguel visit www.missionsanmiguel.org.
After being closed to the public for nearly six years following the San Simeon quake, the church building was reopened in 2009 upon completion of a multi-million-dollar retrofit project. Although the church has been successfully repaired, large portions of the buildings forming the mission quadrangle have yet to undergo seismic retrofitting in an effort to save the irreplaceable.
The Spanish missions were developed between 1769 and 1823 as religious outposts to convert Native Americans into the Christian faith by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan order. The missions are now some of California's oldest and most visited structures. For more information and maps of the California missions, visit www.missionscalifornia.com. The closest mission to Locatelli Winery is less than 2 miles away, Old Mission San Miguel.